2014 Standout Talks About Auburn Offer

Nick Ruffin

Auburn offered talented two-way standout Nick Ruffin from St. Pius X in Atlanta and he talks about the Tigers.

Atlanta, Ga.—One of the top two-way players for the 2014 recruiting class, Nick Ruffin from St. Pius X Catholic picked up an offer from the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday and says he's excited to learn more about Gus Malzahn and his staff when he visits Feb. 23 for a Junior Day on the Plains.

"I talked to Coach Dameyune Craig today and he told me about the offer," Ruffin tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The offer spoke volumes to me because he told me how highly they thought of me and even though they've only been there a short time they thought enough of me to offer me."

Already with 16 offers, Ruffin has seen his stock soar since being named the Top Defensive Back at the MVP Camp in Alpharetta last summer. Even though Auburn was the latest school to offer the speedster he says that doesn't impact his thoughts on the Tigers at all because he knows they've been busy since arriving on the job.

"I understand that there have been a multitude of coaching changes in college football since the season ended," Ruffin says. "I definitely don't hold it against them."

Being recruited as a two-way player by the Tigers capable of playing cornerback or wide receiver on the next level, the 6-0, 170-pounder with 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash says that's one of the things that really has him excited about Auburn at the moment.

"It's definitely exciting to me," Ruffin says. "I want to have that opportunity to do both in college. On top of that to be able to do it on the highest level of college football would be great.

"I know Auburn is a very historic program with die-hard fans," he adds. "It's a college town with a very underrated academic side. I know a couple of guys committed there like Carl Lawson. It's a great school and on top of that they have a great tradition."

With so many offers already on the table and schools from all over wanting to learn more about him, Ruffin says he's planning on taking his time before making a decision but will begin to narrow his list down sometime next month.

"It's a humbling experience," Ruffin says. "It sounds kind of cliché, but it's really a dream come true. A lot of kids wake up dreaming about Friday nights and being the best and being an All-American and for me to actually be able to live that dream is a surreal feeling."

As a junior Ruffin finished with 69 tackles, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, and eight pass break-ups. On offense he also added seven rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns.

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